REC REPORT: Dance those winter blues away

f you’re looking for a fun opportunity to exercise in a warm, dry environment, consider Folk Dancing in the Miners' Hall this Thursday.

If you’re looking for a fun opportunity to exercise in a warm, dry environment, consider Folk Dancing in the Miners’ Hall this Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7-9:30 p.m. The group dances English Country dancing and American Contra Dance. Although both styles of dance are done with couples, it’s best for newcomers to dance with experienced dancers, to quickly get the hang of things. If you have a partner, bring them along – but a partner isn’t required. All of the figures are taught and all of the dances are walked-through.

The Zumba and Stretch & Strength classes are continuing through to Dec. 13 – so if you’re looking for a fun, warm and dry place to exercise with a great group of people, you can catch Amber and the rest of the gang at the Miners’ Hall at 8:30 a.m., Monday to Thursday mornings. The Tuesday evening class will resume in January.

The Kootenay Contraption Contest is now open until Dec. 14 for kids in Grades 2-8. The contest provides an opportunity for kids to design a contraption that solves this future problem: “Imagine the year is 2050. How will we use less energy?” Contraptions can be built and videotaped, or drawn. While your idea doesn’t have to actually work, a description of HOW it will solve the problem is essential – be as creative as possible! The contest is open until Dec. 14 and the grand prize is an iPad or a classroom pizza party. Log onto KAST’s website, at www.kast.com for more information and to download the entry form.

As the ski season approaches, more and more people will be arriving in Rossland! If you’re looking for general information about the “going’s on” of the community, or you need to rent a place to live, or sell your old snowboard, check out www.bhubble.com. The community has an online newspaper if you want to get caught up – www.rosslandtelegraph.com. If you like to sit down with a hard copy newspaper, theRossland News comes out on Thursdays and can be picked up for free, around town. The Rossland Food Bank is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and is located on Columbia Avenue, just past the outdoor swimming pool, before you get to the Miners’ Hall. The Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Fridays and is a great source of sports equipment, clothing and everything else.

There is an important information meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at RSS to discuss the February 2013 SD20 final decision on K-12 education in Rossland. Come to the meeting to find out what’s happening and what you can do to make sure your opinion is heard.

There are lots of new recreation programs starting in December and January. The Beginner and Intermediate Skate Skiing Classes have been pushed back a week, due to the weather. The classes are now scheduled to start the second week of December. Both courses are taught by Andy Morel, with Kootenay Nordic Ventures. In January, there are several new Art Courses starting – Animals around the World for children 5-7 years, Cartooning for children 6-12 years and Adult Art – all start the second week of January. If you’re interested in Pottery, there’s a Wheel & Handbuilding for Youth and a separate class for Adults, starting at the end of January. Hip Hop & Jazz starts up mid-January, with classes for every age group – including teens and adults. Karate accepts new students in January, with the Winter session starting Tuesday, Jan. 8. Karate is open to Youth ages 12 and up. The Classic Nordic Skiing classes for Beginners and Intermediate, start in January. The Beginner class starts Tuesday, Jan. 8 and runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the Intermediate class starts Wednesday, Jan. 9 , from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Public Skating for the week of Dec. 3 to the 9 is on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. The 2:30-4 p.m. Public Skating time has been canceled due to the Minor Hockey Tournament. For more information about admission prices and skate rentals, please log on to the city’s website, at www.rossland.ca. The information can be found under the City Hall > Arena page.

If you’re new to town and wondering about drop in hockey, there are two recreation times set aside. The Tuesday night Co-Ed Rec Hockey runs from 9:45-11 p.m. and the Sunday hockey runs from 9:15-10:30 p.m. The drop in fee is $10 per person, or you can purchase a 10X pass at the Rec Department, for $80. The Saturday Co-Ed Rec Hockey has been cancelled, so make sure you take advantage of the Tuesday / Sunday ice times.

Senior’s Duffer Hockey has been postponed until January. If you love to play hockey and you can “play nice”, you’re welcome to come play during Senior’s Hockey. Players with varying skills are encouraged to come out and play with other “older” players in the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship. All abilities are encouraged and welcome!

The Recreation Department will start creating the Spring Brochure in the next few weeks. If you’re new to town and interested in teaching a hobby or skill that you enjoy, please contact us to discuss opportunities for running a program.

 

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